The White House released official photographs of President Donald Trump greeting former American hostages of North Korea on the tarmac early Thursday morning.
The hostages included Kim Dong-Chul, Kim Hak-Song and Kim Sang-Duk. Chul was a Christian missionary engaged in work in North Korea when he was arrested in October 2015 for allegedly stealing state secrets.
Trump announced their release on Twitter Wednesday morning.
I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured their release from North Korea after a Wednesday meeting with Kim Jong Un. Pompeo and the North Korean dictator agreed upon a time and date for a summit between Trump and Kim.
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018